By Joseph Wade
After two WWE pay per views in the 2014 calendar year, it was time for TNA’s first major pay per view: Lockdown. The steel cage gimmick pay per view looked set to crown a TNA World Champion and decide who would be left in charge of wrestling operations in the main event. But, originally, the undercard looked weak. Thankfully, it didn’t turn out that way and the show ended up being solid top to bottom. Here’s what happened.
By Vincent Ferrari
There’s an interesting rumor floating around right now, and for once I’m not only expecting it to be true, I’m hoping for it to be better than the rumor.
When the WWE introduced the WWE Network during CES, they also introduced a new logo (kind of). Gone was the scratchy W replaced with a cleaner, sleeker, less attitudinous and more modern version of the single W with the swoosh logo. It looks like an evolution of the company’s trademark, and many people have expressed a positive reaction toward it with some even suggesting that it will be the new company logo. In fact, if the rumors are to be believed, the only thing holding it up is that the Wrestlemania XXX logo having the old logo as part of it. Along with it being the new company logo, of course, would mean it is about to become the center plate of a new title belt, and that new title belt is going to be the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion belt, resulting in the Big Gold Belt being retired permanently.
By Rodney Remo
While a colossal SmackDown main event took center stage, the conquering new WWE Tag Team Champion Usos also returned to Friday night and a Shield Summit threatened to completely destroy The Hounds of Justice. Scoffing at the collective boos of the WWE Universe, Batista relished in “destroying” Dolph Ziggler and Daniel Bryan in consecutive matches on SmackDown and Raw. Then, when The Beard emerged, Batista regarded him as nothing more than an “overgrown fan.” In turn, WWE’s “Yes!” Man pointed out that – without the interference of Randy Orton, Corporate Kane and WWE COO Triple H on Monday night – the “fan” would have defeated the WrestleMania No. 1 contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Title. When Batista threatened to end Bryan’s existence in “his universe,” Bryan only poked a bigger stick at The Animal, inciting a conflict that ended with Batista being sent out of the ring. However, when Kane’s entrance led to a 2-on-1 assault, a returning Big Show charged the ring to even the odds and sent the aggressors to a hasty retreat. As a result of the bedlam, SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero made a huge main event match: Daniel Bryan & Big Show vs. Kane & Batista!
By Sarah Jacoby
NXT Arrival was just as action-packed as we’d been promised it would be, but it wasn’t quite clear what the fallout would lead to. Because this is their first regular episode on the Network, this could mark the start of a new era for NXT. Tonight a few new storylines were set up, giving us a glimpse at what our new NXT Champion will do with his reign and we finally find out where Leo Kruger has been hiding all this time.
By Becca Seghini
This week, as I take a look at the women who have been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in the run up to Wrestlemania, I will be taking a glimpse into the life and career of Sensational Sherri Martel. Beginning her professional Wrestling career in the mid 80’s Sherri excelled in the business to become one of the true female greats and the second woman to ever be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
By Joseph Wade
Raw rolled in to Chicago in its second stop on the Road to Wrestlemania with the so-called “#hijackraw” seemingly providing the company with a viable threat this week. The Chicago audience was handed amanifesto of who to cheer, what to cheer, and when to cheer it, and the WWE knew it. That’s why they seemingly took obvious steps in their headline show to truly kick the Road to Wrestlemania in to gear with perhaps the best overall show the WWE have produced in months (discounting NXT ArRival of course). Here’s what happened.
U is for …
From: Parts Unknown
Height: 6’2” Weight: 280lbs
- 2 time Intercontinental Champion defeating Honky Tonk Man 29/08/1988 and Rick Rude 28/08/1989
- WWE Champion defeating Hulk Hogan 01/04/1990
The Attitude May Have Damaged The WWE Brand
By Vincent Ferrari
As fans, many of us look fondly back at the Attitude Era as the greatest period in the history of the sport, and understandably so. It was an era where the sport “matured” and went from comic book superheroes to outrageous characters that were more in line with their core audience of males 18-25. Characters like Steve Austin, The Rock, and so on may not have had the traction in the “old” WWE that they had in the Attitude Era, and since they were trapped in a ratings war with WCW, not only did Vince and Co. break all the typical rules, they broke new ones.
The JKWrestling Star of the Week Feb 24-Mar 2, 2014: The Undertaker
The return of The Undertaker happens only once a year and it just so happens that it was this week, making The Undertaker the JKWrestling star of the week.
The JKWrestling Match of the Week Feb 24-Mar 2, 2014: Cesaro def. Sami Zayn at NXT ArRival.
The debut of live in-ring production on the WWE Network was given the ultimate opening contest as NXT ArRival’s Cesaro versus Sami Zayn match told a sensational and technical story of two top class in-ring competitors looking to prove themselves. Sami Zayn may have come up short again but the post-match hug was enough of a sign of respect from Cesaro to usher in the new era of NXT with incredible positivity. A sensational match!
By Rodney Remo
During a huge week for the WWE, with the launch of the WWE Network, Smackdown stops in Milwaukee for this week’s Blue show. At the close of the very first Smackdown Pre-Show, Renee Young asked Batista if he had any response to the way fans have reacted to his return. He promised to answer her question, but in the middle of the ring at the show’s opening. Batista walks down the ramp and to the ring in a single spotlight. He professes his love for pro wrestling as he is vehemently booed by the WWE Universe and then reveals that he didn’t return to the WWE to be liked, but to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. He questions the fans taste in talent, from “195lb wannabe’s” to the Rock. He ends his statement by saying that the WWE Universe is just going to have to get accustomed to him being the Champion. As he poses in the ring, Dolph Ziggler interrupts him, much to the delight of the fans. He scorns Batista for speaking to the audience in that manner and challenges him to a match. After Batista accepts, Ziggler drops him perfectly on the chin. The crowd erupts into the cheers for Ziggler, which sends The Animal into a rage.
By Sarah Jacoby
The time is finally here, my friends. Tonight the rest of the WWE Universe will get to see our little show’s first big time PPV. As the first live streaming event on the brand new Network, NXT: Arrival was given a particular place of honor – and pressure. But those of us that have been with NXT for a while weren’t surprised to see our show rise above and beyond the occasion, enticing new fans and reenergizing old ones.